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Nickell Robey-Coleman has been having himself a postseason.

January 29, 2019 - 1:07 pm

Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman has been having himself a postseason. There was the no-call pass interference in the NFC Championship game. That was followed by him receiving death threats on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And that was followed by him doing one hell of an interview with Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report.

As hard as NRC hit Tommylee Lewis, he was hitting even harder in this interview.

Here’s one for you, Sean Payton who was unhappy about the call after the game: "We outplayed them. We out-schemed them. And we outcoached them. ... The Saints need to hold themselves accountable. They did not play championship football. Their numbers were low. Michael Thomas had 36 yards receiving. They had 50 yards rushing. They didn't capitalize on the turnovers we made early. We capitalized on the breaks we got at the end."

And how about you, Benjamin Watson, who posted on social media that the league needed to make a statement about the no-call: "Ben Watson, you didn't even play! Be quiet. I respect you as a 14-year veteran. I respect you as a league rep. But, no, in this case. No, bro. No, bro."

And for all of you who were complaining about the hit itself, well, NRC has something for you too: "I put his ass on a Waffle House frying pan! It was football! If you don't know the sport, well, then, news flash: We hit people. It's the NFL. And sometimes, we'd rather take a flag and hit somebody than somebody catch and score on us."

Waffle House frying pan smack!?! Incredible. And then chasing that with “If you don't know the sport, well, then, news flash: We hit people. It's the NFL. And sometimes, we'd rather take a flag and hit somebody than somebody catch and score on us."

And then he set his sights on the Patriots. And because he started his career with the Bills, facing the Patriots is different: "I've got Buffalo blood running through my veins, so you know I hate these guys. I naturally hate them. I never liked New England."

And then it goes to another level when he talks about how he wants to approach this game: "Stick a dagger in them. They're not a team that you want to play around with. Stick the dagger in them and don't leave it in them! Take it out! And let them leak. Let them leak slow. Put the dagger in them, pull it out, and let them leak slow. Just kill 'em slowly. That's how you do them."

And then came the quote that everyone had everyone freaking out. The quote about Tom Brady: "Age has definitely taken a toll. For him to still be doing it, that's a great compliment for him. But I think that he's definitely not the same quarterback he was. Movement. Speed. Velocity. Arm strength. He still can sling it, but he's not slinging it as much. Whatever he was doing—because of his age and all that—he's not doing as much of that anymore. He's still doing the same things; he's just not doing as much of it. And sometimes, it's not the sharpest. But it still gets done."

Oh, no! He just went there! He just said that age has taken a toll on Tom Brady! Cue the alarms! Sound the horns! Clear some space on the corkboard that doesn’t exist in any locker room, because we’ve got ourselves some HASHTAG BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL.

Did he really just say that “age has definitely taken a toll” on Tom Brady? Well, now he’s in big trouble.

Dumbest thing ever, right? Tugging on Superman’s cape, right? Never want to give more fuel to a guy who runs on fuel, right? Now Brady’s going to be really angry and you don’t want to see him angry, right?


The way some people are reacting, you’d think NRC just lost the Rams the Super Bowl. To quote NRC himself: newsflash – he didn’t.

You really think that Nickell Robey-Coleman giving an interview is going to change Tom Brady’s approach this game one iota? Do you think Brady’s motivation was at a 7 this week and now it’s suddenly a 10 because of something someone else said?

The Super Bowl is not going to come down to NRC saying something about Tom Brady nearly a week before the game.

By the way, he said that age has taken a toll on Tom Brady, and then complimented him after it. But wasn’t just about everyone in the country saying that age had taken a toll on Tom Brady earlier this year? When did that become slander?

Besides, Brady was probably going to just make up someone saying that anyway, so he saved Brady some time. And he also saved Todd Gurley some heat because otherwise, Gurley’s NFC title game performance was going to be the talk of this week.

This is another one of those Super Bowl traditions where someone gets a little off script and that becomes the story of the week, and rarely has an impact on Sunday.

And sure, I’m guessing that publicly the Rams didn’t love that comment, but privately, I could see them liking that edge. And I know the Rams will want him to back it up on Sunday. Do that, and NRC’s a legend. A certified legend.

Here are two other things I know for sure: 1 – NRC’s comments aren’t going to impact the outcome of the game. 2 – if the Patriots win, they will claim that his comments impacted the outcome of the game. And they will be wrong.

The game will be won by players who make plays and coaches who draw up schemes. It will not be won or lost in interviews.

And NRC walked it back last night. He didn’t need to, but he did it anyway. “I was asked the question about when I was in Buffalo how Tom Brady feels from then to now — I said his age. I said nothing about he’s too old, can’t do anything. Age is the only thing that changed from now to here. His skill and arm is still strong. He’s still the GOAT.”

He went on at length about why Brady is so good, but I don’t have time for all of it.

And I certainly don’t have time for pearl-clutching and fainting couches just because someone said that age has taken a toll on Brady.

Here’s the thing: if you know what he’s been through, if you knew that his mother died of a heart attack when he was a high school senior, and he was the one who tried to revive her.

If you knew that his son passed away in November just five days after he was born. If you knew what he’s been through, you’d know NRC is tough as hell. He’s been through far worse than the worst football game you can imagine.

If you knew all that, you’d know that NRC isn’t afraid of losing a football game. And he’s not going to be afraid of Tom Brady.

Or as NRC said himself in the original interview: “Leave no doubt. Don't fear, don't fear, don't fear beating the giant. Don't fear beating the GOAT. Don't fear it. Embrace it. Embrace it.”